In 1986, sibling owners Maguy and Gilbert Le Coze opened Le Bernardin in New York after finding phenomenal success with their flagship restaurant in Paris, established in 1972. The duo won numerous accolades at the helm of this culinary destination, and it has continued to thrive under Chef Éric Ripert, named executive chef in 1994. Seafood has been the inspiration behind the menu at Le Bernardin since its conception. The tasting menu takes diners through courses filled with delicacies like Osetra caviar, Dungeness crab, Lobster Tail, and Black Bass. Patrons can also enjoy delectable small plates and handcrafted cocktails from the lounge if they wish to do so.
For those who crave for a little IPA with their Donkey Kong, Barcade just might be the place. The lovingly designed space combines hand-crafted pub furnishings with several truckloads of classic arcade games. Draft craft brews are the specialty of the house featuring East Coast heavy hitters like Peekskill and West Coast humdingers like Lagunitas, but there is also a full bar. So whether you like a shot of Jim Beam before a round of Centipede or a goblet of Belgian-style strong ale to accompany a rousing Ms Pac-Man tournament, Barcade can probably accommodate you. See website for frequently updated draft list, special event announcements, Happy Hour info and more.
PDT (which stands for Please Don't Tell) is a "secret" bar on St. Mark's Place. A call from a phone booth in Crif Dogs (the adjacent restaurant) is the only way to get in. Once accepted, a secret door opens up in the phone booth, leading to PDT. It's not much of a secret anymore though, because the club is hugely popular. Once inside, you'll find a crowded bar area steeped in darkness. The inventive cocktail selection is superb and a major draw. If you're hungry you can also order from the Crif Dogs food menu, which gets delivered to the club via a small pass. A visit to PDT is quite an interesting experience indeed.
Le Bain is popular both amongst regular party-goers as well as celebrities, with its unique interior design making lounging both luxurious and fun. Le Bain, which translates to "bath" in French, is also popularly known for the plunge pool located on the dance floor during the summertime. Although extremely exclusive and often requiring invites to get in, those who manage to enter are rewarded with a beautiful view of the city from the rooftop and excellent service from professional bartenders mixing up great cocktails and concoctions.
This upscale sports bar-styled nightclub offers patrons a classy place to enjoy the finer things in life, most notably cigars, drinks and sports. Comfortable leather couches, large high definition screens and a selection of sports memorabilia give the 40/40 Club an inviting environment. For the true sports fan, keep an ear to the bar to find out about exclusive events like signings and personal appearances by the creme de la creme of the sports world, including Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Jose Canseco.
Apothèke is one of the many "speakeasy" type bars found throughout Manhattan. This sanctuary located on this hidden alley in New York's Chinatown has plenty of old-fashion panache, though the drinks may be a bit on the pricey side. The bar replicates an old-world apothecary, proudly displaying antique medicine bottles and old-fashioned chemistry equipment. This bar is manned by expert bartenders who sport white lab coats and dispense alcoholic "prescriptions" (as they call them) like the Mata Hari, Femme Fatale and Dr. Ruth, which are created with the Apothèke's house-blended absinthe and other elixirs.
A popular staple of many local patrons of Chatham, River Grille is a family-friendly restaurant and bar that offers award-winning pub fare and flavorful drinks in a warm yet laid-back atmosphere. From briskets, smoked pork spare ribs and scrumptious burgers, to wings, salads, sandwiches and a menu dedicated to kids, this restaurant has it all. With its airy outdoor patio and quick service, dining in at is certainly pleasant, but if you prefer to enjoy your meal at home then convenient take-away options are available as well.
The Shanghai Jazz is a jazz club-cum-restaurant with an Oriental influence. The focus here is mainly on three things, namely, the food, music and lovely atmosphere. It serves excellent Asian varieties, the chefs also include seasonal menu with flavors and veggies as per the season; every dish is prepared with utmost care and served in huge portions. Shanghai Jazz also has a bar that features wines, beers and cool cocktails. As far as music is concerned, the restaurant hosts live music concerts sans any extra cover charge. You can also hire this establishment for private events and celebrations; off-site catering services are also offered. For venue hire and event schedule, check its website.
Located in a historic civil war era building that was designed way back in 1893, Winberie's Summit Restaurant and Bar is known for its local American cuisine and casual dining experience. Featuring a classic décor with a patio for outdoor seating, this restaurant is perfect for a casual get together with friends or colleagues. The food menu is predominantly American with prime burgers, sandwiches, salads and sides in prominence. Specials at this restaurant include chicken marsala, shrimp veggie rice bowl, Winberie's barbecued ribs and N.Y. strip steak. The full bar offers a range of call and premium drinks including whiskey, vodka and gin, draft and can beers, cocktails, and an extensive wine list. The historic nature of the building further adds to the vibe with hardwood flooring, brick exposed walls, large windows and spacious interiors.
Located on the fringes of Watchung Reservation, GrillStone is a typical American bar and grill, but can by enjoyed by the entire family. The menu features tantalizing fare of burgers, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, rolls, wraps and more. Guests can gorge on fresh seafood at the raw bar. You can even enjoy a lunch fare for rates as cheap as USD9.95, add another USD3 to complete it with a sweet dessert. You can also enjoy your meal on the huge patio that can accommodate 70 guests.